Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Giant otter lives in South America along the Amazon and Panthal rivers. They live in large colonies lead by a dominant breeding pair. This otter species is exclusively diurnal, or only active during the day. Being diurnal indicates that otters have amazing eyesight, in and out of water, and shows they are a sight predator. Otters on the whole are extremely vocal, with the Giant otter being the most vocal. Their chirps and barks mean anything from greetings to warnings. Otters are opportunistic eaters devouring a wide variety of food including fish, crabs, snakes, and caimen babies. One commonly eaten fish by Giant otters is even piranha, now that's a tough guy!
Hope you all enjoyed the break from my pet posts, and learned a little more about one of the toughest and cutest critters out there.